Vernicious Knids

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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Pachyderm-a-rama

Feeling the thick bristly hair scratching your legs is one of the more exciting parts of riding on an elephant. Having their trunk search around to find your leg and snort on it is another. One of my favourite experiences in Thailand was riding and feeding gorgeous elephants. It's polite to let the elephant sniff you and then feed it some jackfruit before you climb aboard the basket. Once you're settled in, the mahout will clamber aboard your elephant's head and the journey will begin. The movement feels quite odd at first - kind of a pendulous sway - but you quickly become accustomed to it. The langourous heat of the Thai jungle is more bearable on top of an elephant; especially when you go through the river and he playfully squirts you!

5 Comments:

  • At 1:36 am, Anonymous antonia said…

    I really enjoyed that post. I could even feel their hair on my leg :-)

     
  • At 2:44 am, Blogger Liz said…

    Wow... I think you just described one of my fantasies! I love animals big and small.

     
  • At 9:40 pm, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Elephants are such amazing creatures; I'm actually more of a zebra fan - but riding these guys was awesome!

     
  • At 5:44 am, Anonymous japan lover said…

    That was a great read

     
  • At 3:18 pm, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Glad you enjoyed it japan lover!

     

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